Read-a-thon post-event survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
The 8 a.m. hour was the most daunting for me … let’s see, that’s: hour 22, by my calculations. It was when I really started struggling against sleep. I fought for about an hour, from 8:30 to 9:30, when I had coffee and breakfast, and then all was well.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Well, if people haven’t read them yet (I suspect many have), Stardust and Harry Potter were both good choices that would connect with a broad audience, and they’re fast-paced enough to keep a person interested through the wee hours. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was a pretty good choice, as well.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think in general it went pretty well. Of course, since this was my first one, I have not much to compare it to.

Once suggestion for participants, that I thought of after the mid-event survey: Drink lots of water. Yes, it may be common sense, but it’s quite beneficial in the middle of the night, to help keep a person awake.

It did kind of seem that many of the cheerleaders disappeared in the wee hours of the morning … but I’m not sure what to do about that.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think there was, in general, good communication. I’m glad that Dewey had helpers this time around, although from the sound of it she definitely needs more for next time. If we split up the load in many small pieces, it’s not burdensome for anyone! 🙂

5. How many books did you read?

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
and half of At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
That’s hard to say … Stardust was quite a nice read, though, certainly better than my expectations.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Well, I stepped into The Book Thief, and didn’t continue far. I have no doubt it’s a good book, but it was not an agreeable choice for me, for the read-a-thon.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn’t a cheerleader.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’m quite likely to participate again, as long as it fits in my schedule, and there’s sufficient recovery time in between! 🙂 Who knows what my role would/will be!


5 responses to “Read-a-thon post-event survey

  1. Congrats!! I’m glad you had fun!!

    I know what you mean about the cheerleaders; I tried to comment as often as possible, but the comments definitely trickled away.

  2. Great reading. Readathons are so much fun!

  3. Carleton Place Public Library

    I just love the whole idea about a read-a-thon. This is what we used to do as kids at school, only it went over a period of weeks. I find that adults are asking more and more what kinds of programs we could be offering in the summer for THEM, not just for their kids, and this might be a great idea we could incorporate. Thanks! This was very interesting!

  4. You bet, no problem.

  5. i like 7 pm! because of it is time to sleep! – aprillins

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